LOUIS MAIER. There is no nation that has contributed to the complex makeup of our American social fabric an element of more sterling worth and of greater value in supporting and fostering our national institutions than has Germany. From this source our republic has had much to gain and nothing to lose. Germany has given us men of sturdy integrity, indomitable perseverance, high intelligence and much business sagacity. the result being the incorporation of a strong and strength-giving fiber, ramifying through warp and woof. A man who may well look with pride upon his German lineage is Louis 1daier, who came to America from the fatherland when a young man, and who has attained prosperity through well directed effort, being the popular and genial proprietor of the Hotel Maier, in West Latrobe, while he is held in high esteem as a reliable business man and loyal citizen of his adopted country. He is a native of the kingdom of Wurtemberg, Germany, having been born in the town of Allmersbach, November 21, 1861, a son of Gottlieb and Maria (Miller) Maier, who are now deceased, the father having long followed the vocation of farmer.
Louis Maier was reared to maturity in his native province, and in the excellent national schools of his fatherland he received his educational training which was such as to well qualify him for the active duties of life and to enable him to acquire readily a knowledge of the English language when necessity demanded. After leaving school Mr. Maier devoted his attention to cabinet-making until 1880, when he decided to take the same course as had so many of his worthy countrymen, and he came to the United States, landing in the city of Baltimore, September 15. In that city he found employment and there continued to make his home for a period of twelve years, during the latter portion of which period he was engaged in hotel business, while in the meantime he married and established a home for himself. He removed in 1892 from Baltimore to West Latrobe, where he erected the Hotel Maier, which he has since successfully conducted. The building is an attractive and substantial frame structure of three stories, and is well arranged and admirably equipped for hotel purposes. Mr. Maier and his wife are deservedly popular with the traveling public, their guests manifesting a due appreciation of the accommodations and courtesies of the attractive hotel. In his political sympathies Mr. Maier is an advocate of the principles of the Republican party, and he takes an intelligent interest in public affairs, while he is known as a reliable and enterprising business man and loyal citizen. He married, December 23, 1888, Ida E. Shank, daughter of John and Sarah (Gardiner) Shank, who were at that time residents of West Latrobe. They now make their home in West Latrobe, and on other pages of this work appears an individual sketch touching the career of Mr. Shank and offering due genealogical data. Mr. and Mrs. Maier have two children: Sarah Alice, born March 1, 1894; and John Louis, born December 15, 1901.
Source: History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Volume II, by John N. Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906, Page 290.
Transcribed by Carol C. Eddleman for the Westmoreland County History Project.
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